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Japan Now Has Pokémon Vending Machines

Japan loves <i>Pokémon,</i> and it loves <i></i>vending machines. It was only a matter of time before they merged.<p>Behold, the Pokémon Stand. These vending machines …

Trust Us—You'll Want to Listen to This New Podcast on Mental Health and Career

Jen Gotch, founder and chief creative officer of Ban.do, is now the host of the new Girlboss Radio podcast <i>Jen Gotch is OK…Sometimes</i>. The weekly show …

The Simple Exercise That Could Help Calm Anxiety, According To Science

<i>According to the CDC, one out of every five Americans struggles with mental illness. But in reality, that number is likely much higher. Here at</i> …

9 Memoirs By Women About Mental Illness To Help You Start Conversations & Better Understand Yourself And Your Loved Ones

There are a few niche book categories that will never fail to get my attention: nonfiction about North Korea, dystopian novels for adults, and …

Legoland Japan built a life-sized cherry blossom tree out of Legos

Legoland Japan created the world's largest Lego brick cherry blossom tree. It was built using 881,470 lego bricks at the LEGO factory in the Czech …

Lego

Official Nintendo Magazine Confirms Pokémon On Switch Will Be 'Generation Eight'

Wasn't there this official magazine that suggested Diddy Kong would be a playable character in Mario Kart 8, while he wasn't? I remember that …

Pokémon

Grave Of The Fireflies' Movie Poster Has A Hidden (And Depressing) Secret

<i>Grave of the Fireflies</i> is one of the saddest movies ever made. Decades after its original release, people have discovered a haunting, hidden image in …

Anime

‘Children of the Whales’ Is the Best New Anime to Hit Netflix

Anime is one of those things that is intrinsically divisive. When it’s bad, it can be too embarrassing to show other people, but when it’s good, it …

The Internet Has Turned Erik Killmonger Into the Ultimate Anime Fanboy

We know by now that Michael B. Jordan, who plays Erik Killmonger in the <i>Black Panther</i> film, is a bonafied anime stan. But what if Killmonger was, …

Joss Whedon exits Batgirl movie: ‘I didn’t really have a story’

The writer/director’s Batgirl adaptation was reported a year ago<p>Joss Whedon has exited the production of Warner Bros. potential Batgirl movie, according to the Hollywood Reporter.<p>“<i>Batgirl</i> is such an exciting project, and Warners/DC such collaborative and supportive partners, that it took me months …

A Chronological Guide To Michael B. Jordan's Anime Obsession

Michael B. Jordan has a secret romance. No, it isn't one with Lupita Nyong'o. Instead, Jordan's one true love is anime. For some reason, fans on …

Black Panther marks the end of Marvel’s quest for an unpunchable villain

With a little help from Thor and Guardians of the Galaxy<p>iStop me if you’re heard this one before: A hero, after struggling with their newfound powers, has to prove their worth in a battle against a villain who is essentially their doppelgänger. The villain is either flat and unmemorable (and dies), …

7 Magical Animated Movies to Watch Before Seeing 'Mary and The Witch's Flower'

<i>Mary and The Witch’s Flower</i>, a new GKIDS release here in the States and the first film from Studio Ponoc, is a family-friendly magical experience …

Persona 3, Persona 5 Characters Get Some Crazy Makeovers in Dancing Moon and Star Night

Atlus has released a bunch of Persona 3: Dancing Moon Night and Persona 5: Dancing Star Night screenshots, mostly showing off the crazy disco-infused …

Shin Megami Tensei

26 Books That Are Being Made Into Movies and TV Shows in 2018

The new year brings the usual spate of movies and TV shows adapted from books, offering a variety of thrills. Some are historical, as in <i>The Little</i> …

What Foods Kids Eat Around the World in Photos

What Kids Eat Around the World<p>In the face of rising global obesity, photographer Gregg Segal traveled around the world to ask kids what they eat in …

Kuala Lumpur

15 Awesome Anime You Might Have Missed In 2017

Here’s a tip from an anime reviewer: 2018 is the best time to watch 2017 anime.<p>As a person who reviews anime for a living, I watch a lot of terrible Japanese anime. I often joke that my real job is to be an “anime oyster” for other people—somebody who sifts through the deluge of new releases and …

Anime

This Video Explains the Link Between Japanese Samurai & Real Indigo Fabrics

Chances are, any blue fabrics you own have been dyed using chemicals because it’s cheaper and easier to do. However, five Japanese farmers are still …

Cardcaptor Sakura: Clear Card Promo Video Showcases New Character Akiho

Crunchyroll to stream series starting in January; Funimation to stream dub<p>The official website for the television anime of CLAMP's Cardcaptor Sakura: …

This Steven Universe-Inspired Ballet Performance Will Break Your Heart

One of the most fantastic (and terrible) things about <i>Steven Universe</i> is how, in the course of a 10-minute story, a single episode can take you from …

I Take Pictures Inspired By Japanese Anime

My name is Davide Sasso and I like Japan a lot. Many of the artistic works that came out of this country have certainly influenced me as a …

Hong Kong students use free time at school to draw stunning anime-inspired chalkboard art

Several <b>Ghibli</b> <b>films</b> and <b>Your Name</b> are featured in their beautiful mural works.In the good old days growing up as kids, many of us probably used …

Anime

How Anime Has Changed Over The Past 100 Years

<b>Video:</b> Can you believe it? Japan has been making animation for over a hundred years. Let's see how things have changed!<p>As <i>Japan Trends</i> points out, the …

The Best, Worst, and Most Unforgettable Movie Moments of 2017

It doesn’t matter if a movie’s good, bad, or just mediocre—any film can have a moment that makes your jaw drop in awe or tears come to your eyes, or …

More Inazuma Eleven Ares Details Revealed

More Inazuma Eleven Ares Details Revealed<p>November 14, 2017Written by Elizabeth Henges<p>The latest issue of the Weekly Famitsu has an interview with …

Natsume Staff Discuss the Beginning of the Harvest Moon Series

The Harvest Moon series has found itself in a strange predicament in the last few years, with it functionally being split up between XSEED and …

Gaming

Tokyo: ‘Your Name’ Success Redraws Road Map for Anime Tourism

Japan’s biggest box office hit this year at $150 million and counting, Makoto Shinkai’s animation “Your Name,” has sparked a tourism bonanza for some …

Visualizing Learning with Infographics: 23 Resources

“Numbers have an important story to tell. They rely on you to give them a clear and convincing voice.” – Stephen Few<p>This year get your students to …

Here are all the the things Star Trek accurately predicted

On September 8, 1966, NBC aired the first episode of a new TV series about a starship on a five year mission of space exploration. Today, <i>Star Trek</i> turns 50.<p>The first episode told of an endangered shape-shifting, salt-sucking alien posing as a human woman to lure prey to its lair. (The creature was …

Star Trek

How World War II Changed Walt Disney

Filmmaker Walt Disney filming on Brazilian beach. 1941<br>Hart Preston—The LIFE Picture Collection/Getty Images<p>1 of 6<p>When the Great Depression ended in …